DIY wooden buttons

About six years ago, I made my first DIY wooden buttons. It was rough and far from perfect and I forgot all about it, that is until this week, when I was reminded of this fun endeavor by a post over at the new Twig + Tale.

DIY wooden buttons

It was one of those projects that got stuck in my head, and would not leave until I actually completed it.

DIY wooden buttons

So yesterday, I went out to our shed, and found a dry branch (doesn’t everyone have dried branches in their sheds??!) and sliced it up with my single bevel compound miter saw. The branch I had was fairly large in diameter (approx. 3″), so these are giant buttons, which make them even more fun.

DIY wooden buttons

I drilled a couple of holes in each.

DIY wooden buttons

Then I sanded the heck out of them. This is the part that took the longest out of the whole process.

  DIY wooden buttons

After they were silky smooth, I rubbed some beeswax into them. This is the first time I used any kind of wax to finish wood. Not sure if I like the tacky finish, opposed to the smooth one of the varnish I usually use. I am hoping the beeswax will be absorbed enough so that the surface will dry a little more.

DIY wooden buttons

Aaaaand done.

DIY wooden buttons

Overall, a quick and satisfying project. I was thinking these would make such a great gift for someone who sews! Picture them wrapped up with some embroidery floss, and a huge embroidery needle (like the one in the photo above). Super cute.

DIY wooden buttons

Have you made buttons before? How do you finish them?

3 thoughts on “DIY wooden buttons

  1. Have you ever tried finishing small wooden projects by rubbing them with vaseline and then wiping it off? We had some little hand made cars which someone had finished like that.

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